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Self-Help & Professional Help Options For Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Addiction

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Marie Miguel of BetterHelp.

Bipolar disorder is one of the most debilitating mood disorders and is considered a form of depression. This is one of the most common mental health disorders in the world affecting more than 20 million adults in the United States every year. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, you know what it means to go through the ups and downs of this disorder.

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What's the Missing Piece in Addiction Treatment? (Video)

What happens when your addiction rehab just doesn't work?

“I [did both] a 12 step program and an aversion therapy program. Both, ultimately did not work for me …. It seemed like the most important thing to them was if your insurance covered you and your check would clear.”

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The Evidence Based Treatment Center Seattle Residents Need

When you’re ready to get clean and sober, you want to ensure that you’re going to a facility with useful programs. For many years, medical professionals didn’t know how to help people who were struggling with addiction. In recent decades, the medical community has come a long way in discovering effective methods for treating addiction. The evidence based treatment center Seattle residents need will employ many of these approaches.

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Addiction and Personal Responsibility: What You Need to Know


Do you need to hang your head in shame because of the choices you made in the past, when you were in mental and emotional pain and didn’t know any other way?

Does being completely responsible for your experiences mean that every bad thing that happened to you is your fault?

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The Connection Between Anger and Addiction (video)

"Anger is the only healthy response to injustice." — Dr Martha Beck

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How are Genetics and Mental Disorders Connected?

What would you do if one day you started hearing voices in your head?

Would you seek emergency care for schizophrenia, only to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital that offered little more than coloring books in the way of mental health care?

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Tough Love and Addiction: Why It Doesn't Work - Maia Szalavitz

“I was, in general, terrified of other people; I used drugs for emotional protection and social comfort.”

So writes Maia Szalavitz in her book Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, which interweaves her personal addiction account with science and research supporting the idea of addiction as a learning disorder, and why tough love doesn't work with drug addicts.

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Freedom from Anxiety and Addiction: An Interview with Jodi Aman

Have you ever felt hopeless and powerless in the face of your anxiety? Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could just feel better for good ... while simultaneously believing that recovering from anxiety isn’t a possibility?

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Choosing Inpatient Treatment for Depression

When you’re in the midst of major depression, daily life feels overwhelming. The thought of getting dressed seems daunting; the idea of going out with friends, impossible.

You know that you need help, but looking at lists of residential treatment centers for depression seems like way too much. How do I find inpatient treatment for depression? Where do I even start? How am I supposed to choose between all of these different options?

If you’re stressed about seeking treatment for depression, don’t worry; we’re here to help.

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Healing Addiction with Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Did you know that most people who have a dual diagnosis - an addiction coupled with a mental or emotional health issue  - aren’t receiving treatment for either condition?  Unfortunately, it’s true. The recent US Surgeon General’s report Facing Addiction in America  found that more than 40% need to treat an addiction with dual diagnosis treatment, yet fewer than half of these people receive treatment for either disorder. Read More →

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